Commerce combines a proud industrial heritage with turn-of-the-century charm. The city straddles a working railway track and is filled with beautiful red-brick warehouses. Walk around the historic downtown district, shop at the outlet mall and use the city as a base to explore parks and recreation areas in Jackson County.
Things to do in Commerce
Stroll around Downtown Commerce and admire beautifully restored industrial buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recalls the city’s heyday as a textile manufacturing hub. The railway line runs through the centre of town and adds to the industrious atmosphere.
Score huge discounts on iconic American brands at Tanger Outlets. From Gap and Coach to Tommy Hilfiger and Eddie Bauer, you’ll find all the biggest names in fashion at the outlet mall.
Head to Hurricane Shoals Park and swim in natural pools formed by the North Oconee River. The park protects a series of granite ridges carved into the riverbed. Swim in the deeper pools or rent a tube and enjoy a leisurely float down the river. Walk around the recreated Heritage Village and enjoy a picnic in one of the shady pavilions.
Admire the Antebellum architecture in Athens. The lively college town radiates Southern charm and is home to the University of Georgia, founded in the 1700s. Walk around the historic campus, relax in the tree-lined quadrangle and cheer on the legendary Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium.
Getting around Commerce
Downtown Commerce is compact and easy to get around on foot. The city is in Jackson County, a 30-minute drive from Athens and one hour from Atlanta. Rental cars offer the freedom to visit Commerce and explore Jackson County at your own pace. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.